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Bulk Mailbox creation by using Powershell

Bulk Mailbox creation by using Powershell

Run following command in Powershell Exchange Management Console

$password = ConvertTo-Securestring "P@ssw0rd1" -asplaintext -force
$i = 1
While ($i -le 10)
{
New-Mailbox -Password $password -Name "User$i" -UserPrincipalName user$1@contoso1.com -OrganizationalUnit "contoso1.com/Users" -Database MDB01
$i = $i + 1
}

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Modify Outlook 2007 View by using vbscript (vbs)

Currently I am checking how to modify Outlook 2007 default view by using vbs.

Following is my working vbs. You can download and test it.

MSDN reference:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb177050.aspx

VBS code example

Const ForReading = 1
Const olFolderInbox = 6
Const olColorRed = 10
Set olApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set objName = olApp.GetNameSpace("MAPI")

Set objTableView = objName.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).CurrentView

            objTableView.ColumnFont.Size = 10
            objTableView.ColumnFont.Name = "Arial"

            objTableView.RowFont.Size = 10
            objTableView.RowFont.Name = "Arial"

            objTableView.AutoPreviewFont.Name = "Arial"
            objTableView.AutoPreviewFont.Size = 10

            ' Save the table view.
            objTableView.Save
            objTableView.Apply

        Set objView = objName.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).CurrentView

        For Each objRule In objView.AutoFormatRules

           If Not objRule.Name = "Unread group headers" Then

                'MsgBox objRule.Name
		'MsgBox objRule.Font.Color

                objRule.Font.Color = olColorRed

           End If
           objRule.Font.Size = 10
           objRule.Font.Name = "Arial"

        Next

        objView.Save
        objView.Apply

wscript.echo "Completed"

Outlook 2007 default view

Outlook 2007 default view

Outlook 2007 default view

After running vbs, it makes the following change
1. Font changed from Segoe to Arial
2. Font size changed to 10pt
3. Unread mail changed from black to red

After running vbs, modified Outlook view

After running vbs, modified Outlook view

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Exchange Server 2007 SP2 Released

Exchange Server 2007 SP2 Released

Published Date: 2009-08-24

Download URL

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4c4bd2a3-5e50-42b0-8bbb-2cc9afe3216a

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Exchange 2010 (Beta) UM Installation (Part 1)

I am configuring my Exchange 2010 (Beta) Lab with my Asterisk PBX.

Exchange 2010 (Beta) UM installation + Asterisk integration

Download PDF:
E2K10 UM installation

E2K10-UM01

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Exchange 2010 (Beta) Step-by-step installation

I am configuring my E2K10 (Beta) lab for my study.

E2K10-01

E2K10-02

E2K10-OWA

Following is the Exchange 2010 (Beta) Step-by-step installation (PDF)
Download Exchange Server 2010 (Beta)
E2K10 installation (PDF)

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Windows Server 2008 x64 installation Screens

It is a time for me to test Exchange 2010.

win2008-screen1

ScreenShot012

Following pdf contains some Windows Server 2008 x64 installation Screens for my E14 Beta testing.

Download PDF file:
Windows Server 2008 installation

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MS will not provide hardcopy certificate anymore

Today, I receied July 2009 MCP Flash. It has big news. MS will not provide hardcopy certificate by default. If you need hardcopy, please pay $$$.

In my career, I took a lot of MS exam and got a lot of MS certificates. If they need me to pay extra $$ for my certificate, I will consider to end my MS certificate plan.

If you are not agree to MS new certificate arrangement, please goto the following url to express your angry and complain.

http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/2009/06/going-green-mcp-digital-certificates-are-here/comment-page-6#comment-2565

I left my comment to this url too.

Actually, I paid a lot of effort to take different MS exam from NT4 to Windows 2008. If exam will not provide paper printout certificate any more, I consider to discontinue my MS cert path in coming future. And in my peer group, I am one of the driver to encourage my peers to take MS exam. In coming, I will discourage my peers to take MS exam and technology. I am strongly disappointed to this arrangement.

I would like to propose the following suggestion for MS if they are really consider to our voice.

1. establish a plan for existing holder to choose to maintain the existing plan. They can order paper certificate w/o paying extra shipping and handling charge

2. Discount the exam fee (Not a short period to CHEAT user), deduct whole shipping and handling fee.

3. Send me an official email and tell me that it is MS new arrangement.
And please note it in the email “if you don’t accept it please do not use MS product”.

I am vvvvvery angry w/ this new arrangement.

I just planned my OCS and W2K8 virtualization in coming months. I will cut it. And I won’t suggest OCS as Enterprise Voice and IM solution to my customer. I will not suggest Hyper-V as Virtualization platform.

I will not take Win7 exam for driving new Desktop deployment.

Angry Loyal MS user
Victor Tong
http://www.0101news.com/?page_id=165

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W2K3 Enterprise CA Step by step installation (Working copy)

Recently, I am planning to draft some Enterprise Level documents for Community use.

Following is the working copy document  screen dump.

W2K3 Enterprise Subordinate CA Installation Guide (Working Copy Screens)
W2K3 Enterprise CA Screens (PDF)

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Exchange Server 2007 SP1 RU8

Recently, Rollup for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 is version 8 now.

Following KB describes the fixes/updates for Exchange Server
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968012

Exchange Server 2007 SP1 RU8 Download URL:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e1f5c8b2-c4f2-4eba-849b-e464d4f2869c&displaylang=en

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Exchange Server Disk Configuration (RAID 5 or RAID10)

In different Exchange Server projects, different people and parties told me that MS “Best Practice” for Exchange Server disk configuration is RAID10. If you are not using RAID10, you are not following MS Best Practice.

According to these statements, I would like to say something and share my feeling about these statements.

First of all, I do not agree that RAID10 for Exchange Server Disk Configuration is a Best Practice. It is a one of the Disk Configuration for Exchange Server.

When doing Exchange Server Disk Sizing, most people is calculating Disk Size only. Most of the people do not consider the required I/O for the System.

In Exchange Server 2003, its memory usage (DB caching) is not good enough comparing w/ Exchange Server 2007.

After doing I/O requirement calculation, most of the time, RAID 10 will be a best disk configuration for providing required IOPS.

In Exchange Server 2007, its DB caching handling is improved a lot. Disk I/O requirement is less than Exchange Server 2003.

After calculation, RAID5 disk configuration will also have chance to provide enough IOPS for the system.

So, if you are thinking RAID10 Disk configuration is a “Best Practice” for Exchange Server, please think carefully if it is really a “Best Practice” or not.

Calculation provides a real supporting for RAID5 or RAID10 disk configuration justification for your disk planning.

Please don’t close your eyes and suggest RAID10 to your customer blindly  and tell them it is a “Best Practice” suggested by Microsoft.

Following URL contains Exchange Server Sizing Tool. This is an excellent tool for Exchange Server Sizing. You can use this tool for your Exchange Server Disk Sizing planning reference.

Exchange Server Sizing Tool:
http://msexchangeteam.com/files/12/attachments/entry438481.aspx

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